Cycling Morocco: Atlas Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean

With France, Italy, and Spain ticked off your Bucket List, you might be looking for a new destination for your next overseas cycling break, and if you like the idea of travelling between now and next March, Morocco could be the number #1 choice for your winter cycling holiday.

Exotic, affordable, and easily accessible from most European hubs, Morocco is a fabulous cycling destination for those who are looking for a truly authentic African experience, without the long-haul flight to South Africa, Namibia, or Tanzania. In fact, a flight from London to Marrakesh takes just 3 hours and 40 minutes, less than it would take you to get to the Canaries, and so it’s a great choice for a weeklong break.

Road Cycling Holiday Morocco

While you may not think of Morocco as a road cycling destination, the roads are surprisingly good in this part of the world, particularly in the Atlas Mountains where you will find more than a few challenging climbs to test your legs and keep you in peak condition until spring. The scenery is simply breathtaking here with deep valleys, snow-capped mountains, and flowing rivers that provide the perfect backdrop for your cycling tour.

There’s very little traffic here, and as accommodations are limited, you will have the opportunity to stay in authentic gites and locally owned guest houses, where you will experience authentic Moroccan cuisine and learn about local cultures and traditions. Cyclists are very welcome in the Atlas Mountains, and there are more than enough demanding ascents to keep hardcore road bikers entertained.

After completing your mountain stage, you can continue your Moroccan cycling holiday to Agadir on the Atlantic coastline where you will enjoy uninterrupted views of the ocean, wide crescent beaches, and a bustling seaside promenade with colourful restaurants and bars. From here, you can head back inland to Imouzzer, cycling the magnificent Paradise Valley along the way, before heading to the formal imperial city of Marrakesh for some well-deserved shopping and sightseeing as you submerge yourself in Morocco’s vibrant metropolis.

Morocco offers unforgettable cycling experiences, so why not bicycle beyond with an Atlas to Atlantic Road Cycling Tour!

 

 

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Road Cycling Holidays Lesotho: Africa’s Mountain Kingdom

There are few places left in the world where you can really get away from it all, but the Kingdom of Lesotho is one of them.

The ultimate cycling destination for hardcore road bikers who love nothing more than a demanding mountain pass or two, Lesotho most definitely deserves its title as Africa’s Mountain Kingdom, and if you are looking for an adventure on two wheels that will push you to the max, you are guaranteed to find it right here in the heart of Southern Africa.

Lesotho is a country that has yet to be uncovered by international cyclists, but it is ready and waiting for visitors with open arms. The majority of the roads are tarred and in good condition, there is a great choice of accommodations to suit all budgets, and there are routes that even the most serious climbers can only dream of.

While gradients vary, some mountain passes in Lesotho reach an eye-watering 30%, and on an average 7-night road cycling holiday, you can expect to cover anything up 600km and 12,000 meters in elevation. But does that make it out-of-bounds for us mere mortals? Certainly not!

Lesotho cycling holidays are suitable for all international cyclists with a good level of physical fitness, but you need to be prepared to push yourself to the extreme, and also be prepared to jump on the bus if you feel you have reached your limit for the day.  Sitting on the bus is no punishment in this part of the world, the scenery is simply spectacular, and you can re-join the group at any time.

Here’s a very brief overview of a 7-night itinerary:

DAY 1: Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa – Transfer to Clarens at the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in South Africa, just a short distance from the border to Lesotho. Set up your bikes and take a short ride to test the legs before dinner and overnight.

DAY 2: Golden Gate National Park – Roma / Distance Cycled: 80km / Elevation: 1,300m

DAY 3: Roma – Mohales Hoek – Tour of Lesotho Stage 1 / Distance Cycled: 130km / Elevation: 1,500m

DAY 4: Mohales Hoek – Bethel – Tour of Lesotho Stage 2 / Distance Cycled: 100km / Elevation: 2,400m

DAY 5: Bethel – Semonkong – Tour of Lesotho Stage 3 / Distance Cycled: 130km / Elevation: 3,300m

DAY 6: Semonkong – Roma – Tour of Lesotho Stage 4 / Distance Cycled: 85km / Elevation: 2,500m

DAY 7: Roma – Ride to Thaba Bosiu and Metolong Dam / Distance Cycled: 70km / Elevation: 1,100

DAY 8: Departure

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